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Matchday Xtra - Harry's notes

Posted on 9 April 2012  - 13:43

Your chance to read Harry Redknapp's exclusive column from this afternoon's official matchday programme.

Matchday Xtra - Harry's notes

HARRY REDKNAPP

Programme notes v Norwich City - Monday, April 9

It was an important win for us over Swansea last weekend in what was a good game contested between two proper footballing sides.

Swansea know how to pass the ball ever so well but I don't think we allowed them much of an opportunity last Sunday. We set out our stall to press them all over the park and the system we used worked well.

Normally we come out and try to outplay teams but we knew we had to get after Swansea and break their game up too. It is a side of the game that we perhaps don't normally associate with Tottenham but the lads did fantastic, the work rate was incredible.

I thought we dominated the first half, we created all the chances and deservedly came in ahead at half-time.

Everyone was on their game and I was delighted with the way we responded after Swansea levelled in the second half.

It rounded off a good week for us, which started with a fine performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and also saw us book our place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup in midweek with a win over Bolton Wanderers.

It is going to be tight for a Champions League place in these final six games before the end of the season. There are four teams all battling it out for just two places.

We have got some massive games coming up and it is going to be an exciting end to the campaign. We’ve got league games, which are all-important, plus a semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley, but that is what you want at this stage - you don’t want the season to peter out.

We just have to concentrate on ourselves and try to get as many points as we can. Every game is important to us and we will approach them all at full tilt. We can’t afford to take our foot off the pedal in any of them.

We have seen throughout the season that it is hard to call where the results are going to come and who against because there are no easy games.

There are teams scrapping for their lives in the lower half of the table and this is the time of year they tend to start putting runs together. The likes of Wigan, QPR and Bolton have pulled off some great results recently as they try to stay in the division, but that’s what makes this league so interesting and competitive.

Due to print deadlines I am not able to comment on our match against Sunderland, but the Easter weekend will be tough with two games in just three days and it will be a case of making the most of the resources that we have available.

Today we welcome Norwich City to White Hart Lane for the second of these games over the Easter period.

The work Paul Lambert has done at Carrow Road is nothing short of incredible, when you consider they were in League One when he first took charge just two-and-a-half years ago.

It is a really good football club that has had great support over the years so I am sure they have enjoyed what they have seen this year.

It is another big game for us, we are playing well and are looking forward to it.

Finally, I would like to send my best wishes to Aston Villa’s Stiliyan Petrov after he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last week. I am sure you will all join me in hoping he can make a speedy recovery.

Enjoy the game.